Origin of variola

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin vari(us) speckled (see various) + -ola -ole1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for variola


  1. the technical name for smallpox
Derived Formsvariolar, adjective

Word Origin for variola

C18: from Medieval Latin: disease marked by little spots, from Latin varius spotted
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Word Origin and History for variola

"smallpox," 1771, from medical Latin diminutive of Latin varius "changing, various," in this case "speckled" (see vary).

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variola in Medicine


[və-rīə-lə, vâr′ē-ōlə]
  1. smallpox
Related formsva•rio•lar (-lər) null adj.
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variola in Science


[və-rīə-lə, vâr′ē-ōlə]
  1. See smallpox.
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